on the radio or in the newspaper. You can see why.
Let's say it was -10F one morning when I left for school, and the wind was a nice, normal 15mph--pretty typical for Fargo. That put the actual temperature at something like -35F, well into the frostbite danger zone. Our mothers knew this from past experience, and they got out the woolen scarves.
Most of us went to school wrapped in scarves--over our hats so that our foreheads were covered and around our necks and up over our mouths and noses--so that only our eyes were not covered. Some kids did not have scarves or earmuffs, and if you sat behind them in school, you could see the tops of their ears bleeding from frostbite. I remember one kid....Richard Dahl....and he always had frostbite burns on his ears. As spring approached, the tops of his ears would peel a bit as the frostbite healed. He was not the only one, but we sat in alphabetical order, and his desk was right in front of mine.
Anyway, it's not so cold where I live now (or even back in Fargo these days). Today's local temp is 20F, and the wind is 8 mph. That puts the windchill somewhere between 9F and 13F--out of the frostbite warning zone. Still, it's very cold here compared to what we usually have.
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